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The Hunger Games Trilogy Discussion Guide

The Hunger Games Trilogy Discussion Guide

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DISCUSSION GUIDE

ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES
In this gripping young adult novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present, the nation of Panem consists of a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying Districts, in the ruins of the area once known as North America. In this stratified society where the Capitol controls all resources, 16-year-old Katniss and her friend Gale forage for food in the woods surrounding their impoverished District. The main support for both their families, Katn
DISCUSSION GUIDE

ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES
In this gripping young adult novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present, the nation of Panem consists of a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying Districts, in the ruins of the area once known as North America. In this stratified society where the Capitol controls all resources, 16-year-old Katniss and her friend Gale forage for food in the woods surrounding their impoverished District. The main support for both their families, Katn

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DISCUSSION GUIDE
 
ABOUT
THE HUNGER GAMES
In this gripping young adult novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present, the nation of Panem consistsof a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying Districts, inthe ruins of the area once known as North America. In this
stratified society where the Capitol controls all resources,
16-year-old Katniss and her friend Gale forage for foodin the woods surrounding their impoverished District. The
main support for both their families, Katniss and Gale are
apprehensive about the approaching annual Reaping, whentwo “tributes” between the ages of 12 and 18 will be chosen
by lottery from each of the 12 districts to compete inThe Hunger Games, a survival contest on live TV in which teenagers fight to the death. When her beloved younger sister Prim is chosen as oneof the “tributes,Katniss volunteers to go in her sister’splace.
Her fellow tribute from District 12 is Peeta, a boy with  whom
she soon develops a complicated relationship. After traveling to the Capitol and undergoing elaborate training andpreparation, Katniss and Peeta are launched into the Game.
In the terrifying events that follow, Katniss must marshal allher skills to stay alive and all her emotions to remain a caringhuman being in the face of the stark brutality of the Games.
“It’s hard to choose one element that inspired
The Hunger Games,
” says Suzanne Collins. “Probably the firstseeds were planted when, as an eight-year-old with a mythology obsession, I read the story of Theseus. Themyth told how in punishment for past deeds, Athens periodically had to send seven youths and seven maidensto Crete where they were thrown in the Labyrinth and devoured by the monstrous Minotaur. Even as a thirdgrader, I could appreciate the ruthlessness of this message. ‘Mess with us and we’ll do something worse thankill you. We’ll kill your children.’“Other early influences would have to include watching too many gladiator movies, which dramatized theRomans’ flair for turning executions into popular entertainment; my military specialist dad who took us tobattlefields for family vacations; and touring with a sword fighting company in high school. But it wasn’t untilthe much more recent experience of channel surfing between reality TV programming and actual war coveragethat the story for this series came to me.”
 
1. How does Katniss feel about the country of Panem? Why does she need to make her face “an indifferentmask” and be careful what she says in public?2. Describe Katniss’s relationships with Gale, with Prim,and with her mother. How do those relationshipsdefine her personality? Why does she say about Peeta,“I feel like I owe him something, and I hate owingpeople”? How does her early encounter with Peetaaffect their relationship after they are chosen astributes?3. How does the fact that the tributes are always oncamera affect their behavior from the time they arechosen? Does it make it easier or harder for themto accept their fate? How are the “career tributes”different from the others?4. Why are the “tributes” given stylists and dressed soelaborately for the opening ceremony? Does thisceremony remind you of events in our world, either past or present? Compare those ceremonies in reallife to the one in the story.5. When Peeta declares his love for Katniss in theinterview, does he really mean it or did Haymitch create the “star-crossed lovers” story? What doesHaymitch mean when he says, “It’s all a big show.It’s all how you’re perceived”? Why do they needto impress sponsors and what are those sponsorslooking for when they are watching the Games?6. Before the Games start, Peeta tells Katniss, “. . . I wantto die as myself . . . I don’t want them to change mein there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’mnot.” What does this tell you about Peeta? What doeshe fear more than death? Is he able to stay true tohimself during the Games?7. Why does Katniss ignore Haymitch’s advice tohead directly away from the Cornucopia? Did shedo the right thing to fight for equipment? What arethe most important skills she has for staying alive?Her knowledge of nature? Her skill with a bow andarrow? Her trapping ability? What qualities of her personality keep her going? Her capacity for love? Her intelligence? Her self-control?8. Why does Peeta join with the Career Tributes in thebeginning of the Games? What does he hope to gain? Why do they accept him when they start hunting asa group? Why do groups form in the beginning whenthey know only one of them will be able to survive?9. What makes Katniss and Rue trust each other tobecome partners? What does Katniss gain from thisfriendship besides companionship? Is Katniss andRue’s partnership formed for different reasons thanthe other groups’?10. Discuss the ways in which the Gamemakers controlthe environment and “entertainment” value of theGames. How does it affect the tributes to know they are being manipulated to make the Gamesmore exciting for the gamblers and viewers? Doesknowing that she is on live TV make Katniss behavedifferently than she would otherwise?11. When does Katniss first realize that Peeta does carefor her and is trying to keep her alive? When doesshe realize her own feelings for him? Did Haymitch think all along that he could keep them both alive by stressing the love story? Are they actually in love?12. What do you think is the cruelest part of the Hunger Games? What kind of people would devise thisspectacle for the entertainment of their populace?Can you see parallels between these Games and thesociety that condones them, and other related eventsand cultures in the history of the world?13. In 1848, Karl Marx wrote in
The Communist  Manifesto
, “The history of all hitherto existingsociety is the history of class struggles.” Discuss thisstatement as it applies to the society and governmentof Panem. Do you believe there is any chance toeradicate class struggles in the future?14. Reality TV has been a part of the entertainment world since the early days of television (with showssuch as
Candid Camera
and the
 Miss America Pageant 
 ), but in the 21st century there has beena tremendous growth of competitive shows andsurvival shows. Discuss this phenomenon with respect to
The Hunger Games
. What other aspects of our popular culture do you see reflected in this story?
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